If it were not (thus) laughed at, it would not be fit to be the Tao.For me, the message of this line is not altogether different than that of Verse 27, Lines 15-16. From those who do not seek to embrace Tao, in some form, we learn valuable lessons.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what it is.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
If they do not laugh, it would not be the Tao
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
If he didn't laugh, it wouldn't be Tao.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
When others eschew the Way, we are provided with a glimpse of the travails they encounter from not following their path.
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